The Ron’s review published on Letterboxd:
Read my review of Escape From New York here.
If you've read my review for Escape from New York you'll know that I didn't like that film as much as most people. It's a film with a cult following that just didn't work for me. The follow up Escape from L.A. is much lower rated critically so I knew the odds were I'd hate it. As it turns out I only liked it a half star less than the first film. Reason being it's pretty much a carbon copy of the first film. The location is different but that's about it. It's pretty much the exact same setup, and while this time Snake (Kurt Russell) doesn't have to rescue the president, the current president is still a huge part of the storyline. It's ridiculous how similar it is to the first film, and it suffers from the exact same flaws. It's just a little worse because it just doesn't seem like much effort went into the writing.
I'm not going to write a synopsis. It's the same as the first film with some very minor changes.
I guess the Snake character and the whole Escape from wherever thing just isn't for me. For me to like a film with this dumb a premise it would need to be funny, and unfortunately neither film is in my opinion. Snake Plissken just isn't my idea of a badass. This will probably be an unpopular opinion, but as it stands right now my favorite Kurt Russell performance is as Stuntman Mike in Death Proof.
I don't have much else to say about this one. It's so similar to the first film anyone wanting to know what I think can just read that review.
Ron's recommendation: Stick with Escape from New York. I only recommend watching this one if you're a completionist like me.